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  1. Since you aren't getting any replied I've used Logic of English Essentials. It did take us the reccomended 30-40 minutes a day. But I was using it with a student that was not reading fluently and did have disabilities. It's really a remedial program at heart and I wouldn't use it for typical students. I think you could teach multiple students but probably not at the same time unless they were confident and independant.
  2. I alternate SOTW with Science in 6ish week chunks. I don't worry about finishing a book every year, which shows, because I haven't always. We did SOTW 1-3 in 4 years, then skipped book 4 because of sensitivity/maturity issues and instead took a year off history to focus on US geography and states. Then we started over with ancients and did manage to finish that in a year, and now we are back in the middle ages. I just read a bit every day. Sometimes one section, sometimes two. We do the questions in the activity book, most of the mapwork, and SOME of the activities. I don't have good luck finding the reccomended books at our library so I just do a subject search and find what's available. Sometimes a lot, sometimes very little. When the kids were little we would take days off SOTW to read a few of those. Now that they are all reading I just have them available.
  3. I am a big mix and matcher but I have used some programs exlusively. My early elementary kids have used (and not supplemented). PHONICS Logic of English Foundations (3 kids)- because it was fun and perfect for wiggly hesitant learners. Teach...100 Lessons (1 kid)- because it was get er done for a kid that just wanted to get er done. MATH Beast Academy (3 kids)- because it's challenging and slows my accelerated kids down. Unless you count memorizing facts via flash card and occasional summer bridge programs I never felt the need to supplement Beast. Math Mammoth (1)- I have 2 using MM but only one uses it exclusively. It's incremental and affordable. HISTORY- I've only used SOTW for 7 years now. The activity book has all I need, unless you count occasionally subbing one book for another because that's what my library has. Now Science, Writing, and Latin? I'm always inventing the wheel with those three. And while I've used lots of spelling and grammar programs I almost never use the same one two years in a row 😂
  4. My son started Jacobs this Fall, coming from Beast Academy. He started AOPS Pre Al but quickly decided he was burnt out on the depth that the Beast/AOPS books provide. He wanted a more get er done approach. We are only a few months in but so far, so good. It has a very gentle beginning that honestly has worked as a Pre-Al. I do have some "key to" books in my back pocket if we need them later. So depending on how far in Singapore you got, you may be able to just jump in.
  5. We've done some of the Blast Off books as summer work. My puzzle loving mathy boys liked them all right but my daughter thought they were the worst thing we've ever done. I had her and her same age brother (6th grade) look at Fallacy Detective and they both were interested. So we are trying that this summer.
  6. My two oldest will finish up this year. They will both be 12 and started at 7/9 respectively. (She caught up to his lead today in fact). My son will likely drop piano as he can play the simple piano music he wants to play, and his main interest has been guitar for the last few years anyways. My daughter will go on to weekly lessons with an instructor as she has enough talent and interest to make that investment worth it.
  7. All of my kids are required to do atleast 3 units (a year) of piano via Hoffman around age 7/8. And my three oldest (10, 11, 12) are still using it to this day (probably the for the last year for my oldest two as they have nearly completed the program). The maturity does advance along with the student, so I suggest just rushing through the first 2 or 3 units.
  8. I would get the test book for grade 7 or one of the new supplemental review books for the summer, and make sure you aren't creating any gaps. I think it's unlikely you can do without an entire year of math, but MM is also pretty repetitive year to year and includes a fair amount of review and baby stepping. I bet you could skip half or more of it, assuming a strong foundation. When I had a child that I was trying to fill holes with I had her "test out" of chapters by doing the final test (we just bought the test book). If she got atleast 80% we went ahead to the next test. If there was a specific sub-concept she didn't understand (all 20% she missed was one section) I taught it right there. If she got under 80% I bought the dark blue book for that concept and we went over it. This was a 4th grader who had to review grades 1-3 (adopted) so quite a bit younger, but it worked well. She did all three grades in a year and then settled into a normal pace in 5th grade. She had a LOT of holes, severe aversion to math, and a learning disorder to boot so if she could do a year in 4 months you definitely can.
  9. I have two 7th graders and JUST began planning. Math Kid A will be finishing Jacobs Algebra, we started it halfway through this year and it'll easily last us to the end of next. Kid B will duel Math Mammoth 6 in the am and Teaching Textbooks 7 in the afternoon. It's SO MUCH but it'll be her third year with this combo and it seems to work. Language Arts They will both be continuing Writing and Rhetoric with books 7 and 8, along with daily written narrations. We alternate grammar and spelling years as a family. This year is grammar and we are going to try out Our Mother Tongue. Hopefully it'll fit in two days a week to alternate with writing. Reading is pretty open with these two, as they both have good taste. But we are going to dip our toes into some dystopia together to complement our Government studies. So far I'm thinking Farenheit 451, The Giver, Animal Farm, and Utopia. Foreign Language We've been switching back and forth between Latin For Children and Latin Alive so we will continue that. I may add in Lingua Latina per se Illustrata as well. It's messy but we seem to do best with a lot to choose from so we don't get bogged down. Logic I think I've decided on Fallacy Detective. Social Studies We are skipping History this year to focus on Government and World Geography/Cultures. So I'm designing a trimester Gov course myself and using Guesthollow's high school Geography to design a 2 trimester course on different countries and cultures. This will be with ALL my kids together and it's my big summer project to get it planned. Science We do science as a family as well but super duper light and it's undecided WHAT at the moment. They want experiments 🤪. Whatever we end up doing together it won't be beefy enough for middle school so these two are going to add a light Biology course independently that will consist of First Studies in Plant Life and 5-6 disection labs to be done over the summer with dad. Other than that they'll join us for Morning Reading (religious studies, poetry, memory, ect) and continue their busy lives. They are both very into theatre, my boy into coding, my girl into writing and nature drawing, he plays guitar and piano and she plays piano and marimbas ect.
  10. Science, like ALL of Science. I'm bad at teaching it. I hate the bother and the mess of experiments and demonstrations. I hate the expense of kits. I know it's important but I just can't get any enthusiasm, despite trying so. many. different. programs. I never knew this about myself before but I guess I'm just not a curious person? I just don't care about science! The last year and a half I've made sure we read 3-4 science-based living books a year, and that each kid outsourced at least a semester worth (co-op, or science museum, or astronomical society, ect). And I'm going to call that good for another 2ish years until high school. Then, sigh. I don't know. It's my kryptonite.
  11. Looking through science threads I wonder if one of the Ellen McHenry books would be a good fit. Short but with plenty of activity ideas.
  12. We've been doing science via living books and outsourced classes for years now. Science is not my forte and I hate the planning/prepping/mess. BUT my kids miss "the old days" when we did "experiments". So I'm thinking of adding some experiements/demonstrations back in next year as a biweekly or monthly deal. Any suggestions for a curriculum/book/kit/other resource that would have 10-20 experiments? I'd prefer not nature study because we do a LOT of that already. But other than that any general science would work. Chemistry would go over especially well as we are leaning the periodic table next year. Kids will be all 8-13.
  13. I have had one child do Beast 3-5 and move on to Algebra, another that started in 3 and is now finishing up 5, and now I'm starting over with a third child in Beast 2 (the first to start since this year was published). All that to say I've done some Beast by this time 😉 I used to worry a lot about the lack of review and the lack of drill. I found that Beast does cycle back to old topics occasionally, though, as they relate to the new ones. And for the most part my kids haven't needed drill because they weren't memorizing an algorithm. They actually just understood what they were doing. (The outlier to this being memorizing multiplication facts, which in their defense they say to stop and memeorize.) Sometimes something hasnt quite "clicked", though. In particular fractions (for one), and long division (for another). When that's happened I found the easiest and most affordable route to be the topical Math Mammoth books, in PDF form so I can print (and reprint) them. They include very clear instructions as well as practice and a ton of games/online resources.
  14. Has anyone used this AO recommended book? I'd like a simple, easy to accomplish, weekly microscope lesson/demonstration and this looks like the ticket. Or is there something out there that's much better? Also, what strength microscope will be needed? We have a little digital microscope that goes up to 1000x that we use for nature study, but I'm assuming I need something stronger.
  15. I would do book 2, tbh. But if you really wanted you could go into book 3. I would NOT start 4 until you've gotten back into the W&R "feel", you are right that it is a jump.
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